Willis Networks Welcomes Six New Members
London, UK, February 17, 2011 — Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global
insurance broker, today announced that six new members have joined Willis
Networks, its alliance with local, independent insurance brokers in the UK. Willis
Networks is made up of the Willis Commercial Network (WCN), which represents
larger independent brokers and Willis N2, representing smaller provincial brokers.
The WCN's three new members are Powell Bateson Ltd, Portcullis Insurance
Brokers Ltd. and Kingsland Robart & Co.:
Powell Bateson, based in Liverpool, has joined the WCN to access specialist
niche expertise within Willis for their clients and future development plans.
Headquartered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Portcullis Insurance Brokers was
founded by a team of four market professionals: Simon Page, Andrew Purdie,
Damon Ashton and Company Director Phil Gooch who said, "We believe that
the WCN is the best fit for our business. Willis provides support, expertise and
flexibility along with all the bespoke facilities that will allow us to offer our
clients a wider and more competitively priced range of quality insurance
Established in 1984, Kingsland Robart & Co. in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has
particular expertise in high risk product liability insurance for the automotive
sector. Brian Ellory, Principal, said, "We believe WCN's purchasing power
combined with personal service and 21st century technology will enable us to
offer even greater choice and service to our clients."
The three new Willis N2 members are Britannia Consultants Services Limited,
ASJ Insurance Services Ltd and Ifaeye Ltd:
Britannia Consultants Services in Northwich, Cheshire was founded by former
WCN member Elaine Farrell, previously of Barclay Brown, who has rejoined
the Network with her new venture.
Founded in 1994, ASJ Insurance Services in Solihull, West Midlands
specialises in the engineering insurance sector with a large amount of its
business coming from the construction industry and associated trades.
Based in Edinburgh, Ifaeye offers a wide range of financial services in
Protection, Investment, Pensions and Mortgages where it operates a fee-
based model. Due to high client demand it has recently expanded into the
commercial insurance space.
Welcoming the new members, Phil Scarrett, Managing Director of Willis Networks,
said, "Our steadily growing membership shows the continuing strength and relevance
of the Willis Networks community to those who wish to expand and develop their
businesses. From start-ups to established names and brokers who have left
consolidators, we offer sales support, training and access to our global resources."
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries,
Willis develops and delivers professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management,
financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public
entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120
countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in
virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis may be found at
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